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Libya declares liberation as it moves towards democracy

Libya declares liberation as it moves towards democracy
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People in Benghazi celebrated as a formal declaration of Libya’s liberation was made.

Huge crowds were out on the streets of the eastern city to hear the transitional government declare an end to more than nine months of fighting.

Now the focus will be on building a lasting democracy, with the first elections planned for eight months from now. It may be hard to organise voting since Libya has not held an election since the 1950s.

The future parliament is expected to be made up of a national council with around 200 members. That group will have the task of choosing a prime minister and an interim government, then drafting a constitution within 60 days. The public will get the chance to have their say on the constitution through a referendum.

Chairman of the National Transitional Council, government Mustafa Abdul Jalil, will oversee the next steps, following the resignation of interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril who always said he would stand down as soon as the conflict was over.

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